Blue Forester Moth
Blue metallic moth rests on a gum leaf. Woodgate, Qld.
Ants on Wallum
Tiny ants navigate tunnels and valleys they've made in Wallum (Banksia) tree bark. Coonarr, Qld.
This bee was not moving, I thought it was dead but then another bee came along and chased her away. Woodgate, Qld.
Little fat beetle larvae on a gum leaf. Woodgate, Qld.
Jumping plant lice nymph 'extruding' some waxy poops on a grevillea seed pod. Woodgate, Qld.
Rattle ant (Polyrhachis sp.) forages inside a grevillea seed pod. Woodgate, Qld.
Crematogaster ant pulls at some green goo which could be poop or the remains of a caterpillar or other insect. Woodgate, Qld.
Two termite workers inspect damage to their tunnel in rotting wood. Woodgate, Qld.
Termite worker amidst the detritus from a rotting log. Woodgate, Qld.
Velvet Ant Hiding
Shy velvet ant (Mutillidae) hides under a leaf on the sand. Woodgate, Qld.
Hairy rove-like beetle buried in fine sand. Woodgate, Qld.
Orange Hairy Beetle
Half buried in fine sand, cute beetle. Woodgate, Qld.
Aaaaaawwwwww. Woodgate, Qld.
Tetramorium Worker II
Tiny Tetramorium worker ant guards the brood after her nest is disturbed. Woodgate, Qld.
Ginger Ant Brood
Tiny Tetramorium worker ant moves a pupa after her nest is disturbed. Woodgate, Qld.
Golden Spur Polly Ant
Very hirsute Polyrhachis ant has a stunning golden spur on her foreleg. Woodgate, Qld.
Gold or Silver?
Spiny golden ant looks more like silver thann gold. Woodgate, Qld.
Praying mantis has some green and red underneath. Woodgate, Qld.
Rainbow Bee-eater vomited up some insect remains. Woodgate, Qld.
Muscular bug on a yellow flower. Found at the beach, unable to fly, I carried her home and put her on a paper daisy. She had a good poke at me while we walked! Woodgate, Qld.
Major Colobopsis III
Portrait of a major worker of Colobopsis sp. ants on a tree trunk. Woodgate, Qld.
Colobopsis Minor Worker II
A muscular Colobopsis minor worker ant. Woodgate, Qld.
Major Colobopsis II
Colobopsis Minor Worker
Portrait of a Colobopsis minor worker on a tree trunk. Woodgate, Qld.
Major and minor workers of Colobopsis sp. ants. The majors have cute pug noses for plugging the nest entrance while the minor workers explore outside the nest. Woodgate, Qld.
Blunt-nosed colobopsis workers at their nest entrance. One may or may not have been damaged by the photographer and was not allowed back in the nest. Woodgate, Qld.
Colobopsis major still walking after an injury which removed the bulk of her gaster. Woodgate, Qld.
Common small meat ants at their nest entrance. Woodgate, Qld.
Portrait of a psyllid nymph on my scaly finger skin. Woodgate, Qld.
If you think you're good at building stuff, try using just your face bits and arse bits for tools. Woodgate, Qld.
Orange & Black Leaf Beetle
Possibly Phyllocharis sp. Woodgate, Qld.
Orange & Black Leaf Beetle Eating
Possibly Phyllocharis sp. munging out on a leaf. Woodgate, Qld.
Hey, Look at my Poop!
Dolichoderus worker ant meets another on the way back to her nest. Woodgate, Qld.
Dolichoderus worker ant carries a poop home. Woodgate, Qld.
I can't remember if these ants were at the nest entrance or if they were foraging. Woodgate, Qld.
Resin Collector II
Stingless bee collects pollen from a strange flower thing on a branch. Woodgate, Qld.
Aussie Bush Cricket
A gathering of empty aphids that have been parasitised by something (Probably a wasp). It's interesting that they are all gathered in the same place. Woodgate, Qld.
Pseudoscorpion approaches a mat of white fungus. You can also see a borer hole in the wood. Found under bark on a decomposing ironbark branch. Lake Boondooma, Qld.
Also known as a false scorpion. Found under bark on rotting timber. Lake Boondooma, Qld.
At least 5 species of ant remains can be found in this small sample of echidna scat. Woodgate, Qld.
Echidnas love to eat ants, as evidenced by this closeup of echidna scat. Woodgate, Qld.
Cardiocondyla ants around a food store. Woodgate, Qld.
Beach Bum Spider
Portrait of a small spider in fine sand on the beach. Woodgate, Qld.
Little green Homalictus bee emerges from her nest entrance in the ground. Woodgate, Qld.
Tiny worker ant (Poss. Pheidole sp.) removes a large grain of sand from the nest. Woodgate, Qld.
Wingless queen wandering over grains of sand, foraging or looking for a new nest site. Woodgate, Qld.
Female Flower Wasp
Portrait of a female flower wasp. Woodgate, Qld.
Female flower wasp poses on the photographer's finger. Woodgate, Qld.
Common Crow Butterfly Baby
More like a teenager I think. A live focus stack of a Common Crow or Oleander Caterpillar (Euploea core). Woodgate, Qld.
Wasp Hopper Parasite
Newborn planthoppers with a wasp parasite hatched from the same eggs. Woodgate, Qld.
Newly hatched flatid hopper nymphs. Woodgate, Qld.
Early Instar Hopper
Planthopper nymph near exuvia on a leaf. Woodgate, Qld.
Wasp lays her eggs inside tiny moth eggs. Woodgate, Qld.
Flatid planthopper nymph carries a small hitch hiker under it's wing. Woodgate, Qld.
The life history of every instar of this hopper (plus a few tiny absentees). Woodgate, Qld.
Lumpy red springtail navigating a rotten log. Woodgate, Qld.
Thread-legged Mantis Bug
Four skinny, long legs and two mantis-shaped make for an interesting looking bug. Woodgate, Qld.
Red Mite Feeding
Hairy mite batman! A mighty midge meal for a mite. Woodgate, Qld.
Also known as an Emerald Wasp, these beautiful wasps lay their eggs in other wasps nests. Woodgate, Qld.